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20081009_Taking personal responsibility for climate change

A presentation by Christopher John Wardle to the joint PDI/Oxfam workshop on
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Balochistan.
Serena Hotel, Quetta, Pakistan
09 October 2008

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20081009_Taking personal responsibility for climate change

  1. 1. <ul>Taking personal responsibility for climate change </ul><ul>A presentation by Christopher John Wardle to the joint PDI/Oxfam workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Balochistan Serena Hotel, Quetta, Pakistan 09 October 2008 </ul>
  2. 2. <ul>A quote to open … </ul><ul>Chairman Mao: “The longest journey begins with one small step.” </ul>
  3. 3. <ul>Presentation outline: </ul><ul><li>Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
  4. 4. What can we do as individuals?
  5. 5. How can civil society demonstrate leadership? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul>Where are we at? </ul><ul><li>Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
  7. 7. What can we do as individuals?
  8. 8. How can civil society demonstrate leadership? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul>Who’ll fix it? </ul><ul><li>Pesh Imam?
  10. 10. Nazim?
  11. 11. Balochistan Provincial Assembly?
  12. 12. Government of Pakistan?
  13. 13. ASEAN?
  14. 14. UN? </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul>Al Gore: “Global warming is real, potentially catastrophic, and human caused … … It is quite possible to turn back global warming. All that is needed is political will.” </ul>
  16. 16. <ul>Transformation is … </ul><ul>Remembering the words of Ghandi-ji … “ Be the change you want to see in the world.” </ul>
  17. 17. <ul>It starts with … </ul><ul><li>Envisioning a world that is better for our children than it is for us;
  18. 18. Changing our patterns of behaviour to become role models; and
  19. 19. Building our credibility and advocating for change based on what we do, not what we say. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul>Whose environment? </ul><ul>We keep talking about ‘The Environment’, but: </ul><ul><li>Who’s breathing this air?
  21. 21. Who’s drinking this water?
  22. 22. Who’s eating this food? </li></ul><ul>It’s OUR environment. Improving it, is OUR responsibility! </ul>
  23. 23. <ul>Where are we at? </ul><ul><li>Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
  24. 24. What can we do as individuals?
  25. 25. How can civil society demonstrate leadership? </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul>Act now! </ul><ul>The problem is massive, but at a personal level, solutions are not huge in scope: </ul><ul><li>Consume less;
  27. 27. Re-use;
  28. 28. Recycle;
  29. 29. Become more aware; and
  30. 30. Advocate for change. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul>1. Consuming less is not about fasting! </ul><ul>There’s much you can do, e.g.: </ul><ul><li>Refuse plastic bags;
  32. 32. Catch the public transport or car-pool;
  33. 33. Switch it off – an empty room doesn’t need light;
  34. 34. Read your newspapers online;
  35. 35. Use rechargeable batteries;
  36. 36. “Dua anak cukup” - reduce family size. </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul>2. Re-use means … </ul><ul>Focusing on impact and results, rather than being driven by ego or economic necessity: </ul><ul><li>Re-use of building materials need not be confined to our Kachi Abbadi’s;
  38. 38. Quetta’s Landa Bazaar is a treasure trove for anything and everything;
  39. 39. Buy pre-loved phones and computers. </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul>3. Recycling means … </ul><ul>Finding ways to use what exists – examples from home permaculture: </ul><ul><li>Turn vegetable scraps into productive soil by composting;
  41. 41. Save seeds for next season’s planting;
  42. 42. Divert grey water to bio-filtration ponds, then use it to irrigate crops. (e.g.: http://www.growingpower.org/) </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul>4. Become more aware … </ul><ul>Build your understanding of climate change issues by watching the film: </ul><ul><li>‘ An Inconvenient Truth ’ http://www.climatecrisis.net
  44. 44. Or read the transcript at: http://www.hokeg.dyndns.org/AITruth.htm </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul>Become more aware … </ul><ul>Join, read and contribute to email based discussion lists and blogs such as: </ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://forums.permaculture.org.au/index.php
  46. 46. http://www.feralscholar.org/blog/index.php
  47. 47. http://lists.sare.org/archives/sanet-mg.html
  48. 48. http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/permaculture </li></ul></ul></ul>
  49. 49. <ul>5. Advocate for change … </ul><ul>Find and join like-minded coalitions and campaigns, such as: </ul><ul><li>http://www.avaaz.org
  50. 50. http://www.pdi.org.pk/joincampaign.html
  51. 51. http://www.takingitglobal.org/
  52. 52. http://www.awid.org/
  53. 53. http://community.eldis.org/ </li></ul>
  54. 54. <ul>Advocate for change … </ul><ul>Build like-minded coalitions and campaigns, with social networking technology tools, such as: </ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com
  55. 55. http://www.linkedin.com/
  56. 56. http://www.myspace.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  57. 57. <ul>Where are we at? </ul><ul><li>Climate change - whose problem is it anyway?
  58. 58. What can we do as individuals?
  59. 59. How can civil society demonstrate leadership? </li></ul>
  60. 60. <ul>Demonstrating NGO leadership … </ul><ul><ul><li>Rights-based approaches;
  61. 61. Gender sensitivity;
  62. 62. Impact assessment;
  63. 63. MDGs as a global framework;
  64. 64. Youth inclusiveness;
  65. 65. Valuing coalition-building and external relations;
  66. 66. Environmentally-friendly workplace policies;
  67. 67. Sustainability and empowerment in programme design – c.f. “Culture of Dependence”. </li></ul></ul>
  68. 68. <ul>Resources that focus on women and rights … </ul><ul><ul><li>Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation http://www.unisdr.org/eng/about_isdr/isdr-publications/17-Gender_Perspectives_Integrating_DRR_CC/Gender_Perspectives_Integrating_DRR_CC_Good%20Practices.pdf
  69. 69. Environmental Management and the Mitigation of Natural Disasters: a Gender Perspective http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/env_manage/documents/EGM-Turkey-final-report.pdf </li></ul></ul>
  70. 70. <ul>Resources that focus on women and rights … </ul><ul><ul><li>Changing the Climate: Why Women's Perspectives Matter http://www.awid.org/eng/content/download/44126/472048/file/Changing%20the%20Climate%20why%20women%27s%20perspectives%20matter%202008.pdf
  71. 71. Climate change and human rights http://www.ichrp.org/files/reports/36/136_report.pdf </li></ul></ul>
  72. 72. <ul>A quote to close … </ul><ul>Former US Vice President Al Gore: &quot;As more and more people understand what's at stake, they become a part of the solution, and share both in the challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crisis”. </ul>
  73. 73. <ul>Heroes convert challenge to opportunity … </ul><ul>The innovation of Ma Yanjun, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi province, converting 66 empty beer bottles into a solar water heater. </ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2360667.html
  74. 74. Will you step up and be a hero for climate change? </li></ul></ul>
  75. 75. <ul>This has been a presentation entitled: </ul><ul>Taking personal responsibility for climate change </ul><ul>For more information, please contact: Christopher John Wardle Email: [email_address] Skype: cjwardle Mobile: 0333 784 1679 </ul>

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